Ahluwalia’s book Sweet Lassi focuses on a 2017 trip to visit family, in Lagos, Nigeria. The designer noticed an anachronism: clothes in an environment out of their sorts. Street traders were wearing clothes with obscure British graphics.
For example, she noticed a trader wearing a London Marathon 2012 t-shirt. Ahluwalia dug deeper, moving forward on a hunch that the presence of these textiles heralded a larger story.
Deciding to research further into the life of a second-hand garment, the designer travelled to India, and stayed with her maternal family. Ahluwalia visited Panipat, a city 90 north of Delhi, to photograph the global garment recycling capital of the world.
The piles of clothing seen in her resultant images explore the zeitgeist in contemporary design, simultaneously harking to heritage and contemplating sustainability.
Sweet Lassi presents Ahluwalia’s S/S 19 collection, inspired by research undertaken for the production of the book. The collection focuses on her desire to be socially responsible in her design process and manufacturing.
Sweet Lassi is limited edition, with all documentary photographs by Priya Ahluwalia.
Sweet Lassi is produced by Harry Fisher and designed by Hugo Volrath. The book also features an editorial of Ahluwalia’s SS19 Collection, styled by Riccardo Maria Chiacchio, shot by Luca Anzalone.
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